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Hikers in the Santa Monica mountains are urged to check for ticks.
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Hikers in the Santa Monica mountains are urged to check for ticks.

News, Environment, Health, Santa Monica

Hikers Warned To Take Precaution After Lyme-Positive Ticks Found

Posted Apr. 13, 2013, 8:39 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Lyme-positive ticks have been found near Santa Monica in four state parks: Malibu Creek, Tapia, Topanga, and Will Rogers in the Santa Monica mountains.

Hikers have been warned to take precautions such as wearing pants and long sleeves and avoiding tall grass. Another tip: check skin for ticks early and often during and after hikes to catch the parasites before they have a chance to spread the disease.

In February, lyme-positive ticks were confirmed in the National Park Service's Paramount Ranch for the first time.

Click to view the locations/ dates the lyme-positive ticks were found.

Authorities estimate between one and two percent of western black-legged ticks carry the debilitating bacterial infection.

The bugs lurk in the grass along trails and latch onto unwitting travelers.

Young ticks, or nymphs, embed their heads into their victims' flesh and feed.

Most people don't immediately notice the bite, and a tick can infect a victim if it remains embedded for several hours.

Initial Lyme disease symptoms include a red, expanding rash, fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can cause progressively worse symptoms including severe pain, swelling of the spinal cord and heart palpitations. Some symptoms can linger or recur for years after the patient is treated.

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Apr. 14, 2013, 8:47:50 pm

Melissa said...

For those who suffer from Lyme disease, I've seen successful treatments from Dr. Steven Dellisanti: 602.697.6326. He's a wonderful resource for this painful disease.

Apr. 13, 2013, 2:44:44 pm

Susan Regard said...

Article about ticks and Lyme disease in SM paper.

Apr. 13, 2013, 9:31:50 pm

Holly said...

If you can save the tick and get it tested it will save you a lot of grief. Also IF you get a rash, take a picture as it can disappear quickly. The more you can do to get diagnosed early, or rule it out, the better. It devastated my healthy husband to a forgetful disabled different person. Took three years to get a correct diagnosis and cost 10s of thousands.

Apr. 17, 2013, 1:12:20 am

june said...

I have a niece that has Lyme disease and she is very sick and there is no doctors that has helped her, they need more research for this kind of a decease, is there anyone that knows a doctor that will actually take care of a patient that has Lyme disease?

Sep. 6, 2013, 1:14:38 am

Lyla said...

I got infected in Northern California 1971 and this is a disease you want to avoid at all cost. The pain in constanty cracking and aching joints the fever, sweats, inability to sit in the same position without getting stiff, the Bell's, palsy, heart palpitatins and constant sleeping last for the rest of your very shortened life.

Feb. 22, 2014, 10:13:18 am

MICHELLE DAYTZ said...

SORRY FOR CAPS, I MYSELF LIVE IN LA HAVE THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE AS MANY MORE AND ACTORS HERE. AS A OLD MAKEUP ARTIST IN THE MEDIA AND MORE AND A NURSE YRS AGO AT CEDARS I WARN THE NEWS AND MORE AS MANY. UCLA LAST YR WE DID A PROTEST. NOBODY TOOK CARE OF ME 9 YRS AND BAD BLOOD TEST UNTIL ONE DR HEARD MY CALL, BECAUSE OF WHATEVER GOT ME OR WHEN IT DID IT GOES INTO ORGANS AND NOW I SUFFER FROM MANY ISSUES GI AND MORE. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOUR POST I ON FB AND KEEP IT COMING MAY THROUGH NOV THE WORSE FOR TIC'S AND THEY FEED OFF OF OTHERS. IT SO BAD 300,000 CASES NOT REPORTED AND LA HAS IT BAD. THANK YOU MICHELLE DAYTZ OF BEV HILL CA

Apr. 15, 2014, 11:36:38 am

clay turnbull said...

Do you have a sign i can download used to ward hikers of high tick infested areas? Thank yiou very much.

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